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  WTA Apr 13-19: Bogota               • entries:   Fed Cup - Stuttgart - Prague & Marrakech - Madrid - Rome - Strasbourg & Nuremberg - French Open         • 2015 WTA Sched

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Claro Open Colsanitas, Bogota, COL
INTL $250,000
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n29 Elina Svitolina UKR
n51 Monica Puig PUR
n60 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n69 Francesca Schiavone ITA
n78 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
n80 Shelby Rogers USA
n87 Timea Babos HUN

#78 Yaroslava Shvedova
5' 11" 154lb RH 2H-BH

#162 Teliana Pereira
5' 6" 137lb RH 2H-BH
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    On Saturday at Bogota, in the semifinals of the Claro Open Colsanitas, 26 year old #162 (career high: #130) Teliana Pereira from Curitiba, Brazil, reached her first WTA singles final by defeating the 2014 (and 2013) Baku champion, 20 year old top seeded #29 (career high #26) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine, 7-6(7), 6-3 (photo shown).

    The win made Teliana the first Brazilian to reach a WTA tournament final since Neige Dias reached (and won) the Barcelona final in April, 1988.

    Teliana said: "I feel great. Svitolina is a great player and it was a really tough match. I just tried to play my best and enjoy the moment. It was my third WTA semifinal, and it was my best one." WTA story

    Also on Saturday at Bogota, the 2007 champion at Bangalore, India (and a 2012 & 2010 Roland Garros quarterfinalist), 27 year old 5th seeded #78 (career high: #29) Yaroslava Shvedova from Astana, Kazakhstan, defeated a local resident, the 2010 Bogota champion, 25 year old #127 (career high: #94) Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 (photo shown).

    Yaroslava will play Teliana in the Bogota final on Sunday.

    Yaroslava and Teliana have never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).

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s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Bogota, QFs, Fri 10:30am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Friday: play resumed after rain delay
n29 s1 Elina Svitolina UKR d n88 s8 Irina Falconi USA 6-3, 7-5
*n78 s5 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n51 s2 Monica Puig PUR 7-6(1), 6-2
*n162 Teliana Periera BRA d n114 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-0, 6-4
n127 Mariana Duque Marino COL d n130 Julia Glushko ISR 7-5, 6-3 Fri-dark-Sat
Bogota, SFs, Sat 10:30am
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
*n162 Teliana Periera BRA d n29 s1 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-6(7), 6-3
n78 s5 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n127 Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Bogota, Final Sun 11am
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n78 s5 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ v n162 Teliana Periera BRA m1 11am
Bogota, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Duque-Marino & Puig OR Falconi & Rogers
    v Paula Cristina Goncalves & Beatriz Haddad Maia m3

Bogota, Withdrawals
n30 Varvara Lepchenko USA low back injury
n63 Christina McHale USA
n83 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n133 Anna Tatishvili GEO right shoulder injury
nNR sr Laura Robson GBR left wrist injury

  WTA Apr 18-19 2015 Fed Cup SFs

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France 0 at Czech Republic 2
Russia 0 at Germany 2

World Group Playoffs:
USA 1 at Italy 1
Australia 1 at Netherlands 1
Switzerland 1 at Poland 1
Romania 0 at Canada 0

World Group II Playoffs:
Paraguay 0 at Serbia 2
Sweden 0 at Slovakia 2
Belarus 1 at Japan 1
Spain 0 at Argentina 0

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    On Saturday at Stuttgart, in the semifinals of the 2015 Fed Cup World Group competition, the 2013 Quebec City champ, 28 year old #13 (career high: #13) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, defeated the 2015 finalist at Monterrey and Acapulco (and 2014 champion at Bogota), 21 year old 25th seeded #29 (career high: #28) Caroline Garcia from Lyon, France, 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1.

    #4 Petra Kvitova then took the court for the Czech Republic and defeated #58 Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-4. The win put the Czechs ahead of the French 2-0 in the best of five, with only one more win needed to clinch a place in November's Fed Cup final.

    Meanwhile, at Ostrava, Czech Republic, the 2009 French Open (and 2004 US Open) champion, 29 year old #24 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2011 champion at Stuttgart, 26 year old #63 (career high: #16) Julia Goerges from Bad Oldesloe, Germany, 6-4, 6-4.

    #38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova then took the court for the Russians and defeated #19 Sabine Lisicki of Germany 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3. Sabine held a match point in the 2nd set, but could not convert it. The win put the Russkis ahead of the Germans 2-0 in the best of five, with only one more win needed to clinch a place in November's Fed Cup final. #11 Andrea Petkovic & #14 Angelique Kerber did not play for the Germans on Saturday due to fatigue; one or both might play on Sunday.

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n=rank, *=upset, d=doubles rank     ranks are for the current week
France 0 at Czech Republic 2   Cez Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic | Hard, Indoor
Saturday, Apr 18 1000hrs GMT
1 n13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n29 Caroline Garcia FRA 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-1
2 n4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n58 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 6-4

Sunday, Apr 19 1000hrs GMT
3 4 Petra Kvitova CZE v n29 Caroline Garcia FRA
4 n13 Lucie Safarova CZE v n58 Kristina Mladenovic FRA
5 d30 Barbora Strycova & d46 Karolina Pliskova CZE
    v d116 Pauline Parmentier & d146 Alize Cornet FRA

Czech Republic:
n4 dNR Petra Kvitova
n12 d46 Karolina Pliskova
n13 d22 Lucie Safarova
n23 d30 Barbora Strycova
Captain: Petr Pala

n28 d146 Alize Cornet
n29 d25 Caroline Garcia
n58 d10 Kristina Mladenovic
n89 d116 Pauline Parmentier
Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

Germany 0 at Russia 2   Adler Arena , Sochi, Russia | Red Clay, Indoor
Saturday, Apr 18 1100hrs GMT
1 n24 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n63 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-4
2 n38 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n19 Sabine Lisicki GER 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3

Sunday, Apr 19 1000hrs GMT
3 n19 Sabine Lisicki GER v n24 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
4 n38 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS v n63 Julia Goerges GER
5 d7 Elena Vesnina & d166 Vera Zvonareva RUS
    v d47 Andrea Petkovic & d398 Angelique Kerber GER

n24 d143 Svetlana Kuznetsova
n38 d33 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
n71 d7 Elena Vesnina
n137 d166 Vera Zvonareva
Captain: Anastasia Myskina
n11 d47 Andrea Petkovic
n14 d398 Angelique Kerber
n19 d91 Sabine Lisicki
n63 d36 Julia Goerges
Captain: Barbara Rittner

n2 dNR Maria Sharapova RUS withdrew due to leg injury

  WTA Apr 20-26: Stuttgart

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
Stuttgart, GER PREMIER 700
$731,000 28m/32q/16d indoor: red clay
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n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n3 Simona Halep ROU
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n6 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP

    The main draw has been posted for Stuttgart. The links are above, and the matchups are below.


s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Stuttgart, 1st Rd Mon-Wed 1230pm
losers' prize: $6,290; points: 1
n6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB v n29 Caroline Garcia FRA
n8 s6 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v n18 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n9 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n15 Sara Errani ITA
n10 s8 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n11 Andrea Petkovic GER
n13 Lucie Safarova CZE v q
n14 Angelique Kerber GER v q
n19 Sabine Lisicki GER v n31 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n20 Garbine Muguruza ESP v n23 Barbora Strycova CZE
n24 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v n43 Madison Brengle USA
n34 Belinda Bencic SUI v n63 wc Julia Goerges GER
n40 Mona Barthel GER v n73 wc Carina Witthoeft GER
q v q
Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1230pm
losers' prize: $9,900; points: 55
n2 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS v n14 Kerber OR q
n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n20 Muguruza OR n23 B Strycova
n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE v n24 Kuznetsova OR n43 Brengle
n5 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v n13 Safarova OR q
n6 Ivanovic OR n29 Garcia v n40 Barthel OR n73 Witthoeft
n8 Makarova OR n18 Jankovic v q OR q
n9 A Radwanska OR n15 Errani v n19 Lisicki OR n31 Diyas
n10 Suarez Navarro OR n11 Petkovic v n34 Bencic OR n63 Goerges
Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $18,460; points: 100
Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 130pm
losers' prize: $34,350; points: 185
Stuttgart, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 points: 470
Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 20 1230pm
losers' prizes: q1 $850 1pt; q2 $1,500 13pts; q3 $2,850 18pts; qualifier 25 points

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n21 Shuai Peng CHN

  WTA Apr 6-12: Charleston & Katowice


#15 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

#58 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
5' 9" 139lb RH 2H-BH

Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC PREMIER 700 $731,000 56m/32q/16d outdoor: green clay
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BNP Paribas Katowice Open, POL INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
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    On Sunday at Charleston, South Carolina, in the final of the 2015 Family Circle Cup, the 2014 champion at Eastbourne, 19 year old 7th seeded #18 (career high: #18) Madison Keys from Boca Raton, Florida, defeated the 2013 Linz champion, 27 year old 5th seeded #15 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 (Angelique is shown holding the glassware after the match). Angelique's prize is $124,000; Madison's prize is $66,000.

    On Sunday in Poland, in the final of the Katowice Open, the 2015 finalist at Rio, 20 year old 8th seeded #58 (career high: #55) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Kosice, Slovakia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 finalist at Katowice & Linz, 21 year old 3rd seeded #37 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 6-4, 6-3 (Anna is shown holding the avantgardeware after the match). Anna's prize is $43,000; Camila's prize is #21,400.

  WTA Mar 24-Apr 5: Miami

Key Biscayne:

#13 Carla Suarez Navarro
5' 4" 137lb RH 1H-BH
Key Biscayne:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Miami Open Key Biscayne, Miami, FL PREMIER M $5,185,625 96m/48q/32d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y! News: KB - MO

    On Saturday at Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida, in the final of the 2015 Miami Open, the 2014, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003 & 2002 Miami champion (and 2015 Australian Open champ), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 8th Miami title by defeating the 2015 finalist at Antwerp (and the 2014 Oeiras champ), 26 year old 12th seeded #13 (career-high: #13) Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona, Spain, 6-2, 6-0 (Carla is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the glassware afterward). Serena's prize is $900,400; Carla's prize is $439,420.

  WTA Mar 11-22: Indian Wells

Indian Wells:

#21 Jelena Jankovic
5'9½" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Indian Wells:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells, Calif. PREMIER M $6,157,160 outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | pics: T.com - ESPN - Y!: news | WTA

    On Sunday at Indian Wells, in the final of the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, the 2015 champion at Dubai and Shenzhen (and 2014 champ at Doha & Bucharest), 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, won her 11th WTA singles title by defeating the 2010 Indian Wells champion, 30 year old 18th seeded #21 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 (photo shown). It is the biggest title of Simona's career. Simona's prize is $900,400; Jelena's prize is $439,420.

  WTA Jan 19-Feb 1: Australian Open


#2 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard AUD$40,000,000
draws: WS, .pdf - XD women's: Q - S - D men's: Q - S - D

    On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2015 Australian Open, the 2003, '05, '07, '09 & '10 AO champion (and 2014 champ at Flushing Meadows, Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane), 33 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, won her 6th Australian Open title by defeating the 2008 AO champ & 2015 champion at Brisbane (and 2014 champ at Beijing, Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart), 27 year old 2nd seeded #2 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), 6-3, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward). Serena's prize is AUD$3,100,000 (about $2,425,900 US); Maria's prize is AUD$1,550,000 (about $1,212,900 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net WTA Australian Open 2015 tourney page has 93 choice photos, cropped & enhanced, 50 postmatch quotes, Melbourne weather, a Google map of Melbourne Park, and much more.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon


#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

The Championships Wimbledon, GBR Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: grass
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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
draws: W sing, pdf - XD women's: Q - singles - doub men's: Q - singles - doub | photos

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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

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    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.
    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...
    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story
    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
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Daniela Hantuchova
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Tatiana Golovin
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Maria Kirilenko

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      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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